"She flies with her own wings" is the motto of Oregon, the Beaver state. Things look a little different here and are reflected in our many diverse natural climate zones; from coastal rainforest, to rugged snow capped peaks, to high plateaus and deep canyon old growth, reaching out to her arid sage steppe. She has 61 million acres of public lands that often mirror the complexities of public lands around the west.
Using the land, not abusing it; being a part of the wild community. These are core values held by Oregon BHA. We are dedicated to these ideals because we believe there are no other people more intimately connected to nature — and more dedicated to its wild inhabitants — than our nation’s hunters and anglers.
The Oregon Chapter and its members hold a strong set of ethics and a firm conviction in the following tenets:
- Recognize that the rights of hunters and anglers come with responsibilities of stewardship toward the land.
- Support a science-based approach to wildlife management.
- Value the need for large tracts of unfragmented land to provide necessary wildlife habitat and clean waters.
- Value the presence of corridors that connect critical blocks of wildlife habitat.
- Embrace challenges created by self-imposed limitations to the access of wild places and the pursuit of fish and game.
- Resolve to develop and hone our knowledge of the country and the game that you pursue.
- Strive to improve woodsmanship to better integrate ourselves into the wild community.
- Understand the need to develop good judgment and self sufficiency by building fundamental skills instead of developing a dependence on technological advances.
In striving to live up to the standards of stewardship set forth by conservationists like Aldo Leopold, Theodore Roosevelt, and George Bird Grinnell, Oregon BHA helps ensure the health and the future of our wild places and animals — and sets an example for others to follow.